G. GrahamHolden

Of Counsel

Atlanta + 1.404.581.8220

Graham Holden advises electric utilities, petrochemical, and heavy industry manufacturers in the interpretation, administration, and enforcement of environmental laws regulating the quality of air, water, soil, and climate. He assists clients in the application, negotiation, and adjudication of environment-related air, water, and waste disposal permits. Graham's practice concentrates on regulatory compliance and permitting under the Federal Clean Air Act and related state air quality laws. He also advises on the creation of new air quality and climate-related laws and regulations.

Graham currently advises several electric utilities in complying with state and federal air and water quality laws regulating the operations of fossil fuel-fired power plants, hydroelectric facilities, and nuclear power plants. He assists engineers and project managers with obtaining construction and operating permits for greenfield sites or modifications to existing plants. From time-to-time he also assists with advising petroleum companies and engineers on legal issues related to reservoir engineering, well design, drilling, and control.

Graham is a member of the State Bar of Georgia (Environmental and Real Property Law Sections), The Florida Bar, the American Bar Association (Administrative Law and Natural Resources Law Sections), the Air & Waste Management Association, the Environmental Law Institute, and the Georgia Electric Membership Corporation Counsel Association.


Chevron defends against allegations of environmental damage from oil seeps off coast of Brazil
Jones Day is serving as lead U.S. counsel for Chevron with respect to various legal and administrative proceedings arising out of oil seeps that occurred off the coast of Brazil in November 2011 and March 2012.

Procter & Gamble purchases steam from Constellation Energy to power one of P&G’s largest U.S. manufacturing facilities
Jones Day represented The Procter & Gamble Company ("P&G") in an agreement with Constellation Energy to purchase steam for a 20-year term from a 50 MW biomass plant that will be one of the largest biomass renewable energy plants in the U.S.

Eastman Chemical sells Performance Polymers PET business to DAK Americas for $600 million
Jones Day advised Eastman Chemical Company, a global chemical company that manufactures and sells a broad portfolio of chemicals, plastics, and fibers, in its $600 million sale of its Performance Polymers PET business to DAK Americas LLC, the largest polyester staple fiber and the second largest PET resin producer in North and South America.

American Samoa Power Authority successfully defends against threatened federal EPA enforcement action related to alleged discharges of oily wastes into local harbor
Jones Day successfully defended American Samoa Power Authority (ASPA) against a threatened federal Environmental Protection Agency enforcement action related to alleged discharges of oily wastes into the local harbor.

Oglethorpe Power negotiates agreement with Georgia Forestry Commission for reforestation project to create greenhouse gas emission reduction credits
On behalf of Oglethorpe Power Corporation (OPC), Jones Day assisted with negotiations for one of the first agreements for the reforestation of a state-owned forest to create the sequestration of carbon dioxide (CO2) for the purposes of creating greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction credits.

Lafarge North America receives largest award of NOx credits in Georgia history following shutdown of cement kiln
Lafarge North America, Inc. was represented by Jones Day in negotiating the largest award of NOx credits/offsets in Georgia corresponding to the shutdown of a cement kiln.

Oglethorpe Power successfully defends challenge to valid PSD air quality permit
Oglethorpe Power Corporation was represented by Jones Day after a valid PSD air quality permit was challenged by several nongovernmental organizations, on the basis that relevant federal and state PSD regulations had not been complied with.

Speaking Engagements

  • March 7, 2006Emissions Trading: The American Experience (L'expérience américaine)
  • 1994-2004Various environmental topics affecting electric membership corporations, Electric Membership Corporation Counsel Association
  • Summer 2003The NSR Reform Rule,  Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia
  • Fall 2002The Effect of Environmental Regulation on Electricity Generation, Georgia Society of Professional Engineers
  • Fall 1994 - Winter 1997Environmental Considerations on Construction Sites, National Construction Law Center
  • Fall 1994What to Do When the Environmental Inspector Knocks on the Door,  National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Generation and Transmission Legal Association
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